Friday, December 28, 2007

Everyday this becomes clearer to me

As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated. — Charlton Heston
You would have to be lying to yourself not to see that we are seeing a fundamental change in our society and freedoms. The "quiet" rights that we enjoyed are slowly being eroded away. The right to privacy, the right to a fast trial, the right to travel without papers. All quiet rights we enjoyed, but now considered privileges, and being restricted daily.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Meme

Kathy, a local friend and blogger, hit me with a meme, and while I am late, i did not forget this one.

So here goes.

1. Wrapping or gift bags? What ever is easiest
2. Real or artificial tree? Fake..and it rotates and has fiber optic lights. WalGreen special
3. When do you put up the tree? Normally the beginning of Dec. but this year we simply did not get around to it.
4. When do you take the tree down? The week after
5. Do you like eggnog? About as much as phlem
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Little Van-go
7. Do you have a nativity scene? three
8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? First decade I was married to wife they always thought I wore one size smaller then reality. Ick!
9. Mail or email Christmas cards? I don't do cards.
10. Favorite Christmas Movie? A christmas story!
11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November
12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? pie
13. Clear lights or colored on the tree? multi colored optics
14. Favorite Christmas song? little drummer boy
15. Travel at Christmas or stay home? both
16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer. roast, loin, ribs, errr. Is this what you mean?
17. Angel on the tree top or a star? angel
18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning ? both
19. Most annoying thing about this time of year? family
20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? Nope,
21. What do you leave for Santa ? the right not to get shot for tresspassing.
22. Least favorite holiday song? F'ing barking dogs and F'ing grandma who got ran over.
23. Favorite ornament? A gingerbread man I made in the first grade. A little worn but still mine..

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Tired

It really is hard to watch the news and see how much are rights are getting shat upon. I'm getting burned out just reading the few blogs I go to daily.

The unintended consequences may never be felt by those in power. but I can hope.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Quote

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime. — Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson

Friday, December 14, 2007

Oh gosh no no no no no no .....

One comment about gun usage bothers this MSNBC talking head so much that she orders the camera to stay on her and labels it an "inane statement I've ever.."

Even when faces with the obvious, they do not wish to admit it

Transcript from Newsbusters.org
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Saved hundreds of lives!

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yes, she did.

SCARBOROUGH [taunting]: Hundreds!

BRZEZINSKI: Alright. Police say it appears that shot only wounded Murray, that she only wounded him, and then he possibly took his own life.

SCARBOROUGH: One person with a gun can make a big difference.

BRZEZINSKI: Oh gosh, no! No, no, no.

SCARBOROUGH: Know what I mean? Know what I mean, Willie [Geist]?

WILLIE GEIST: They were quick to point that out yesterday.

BRZEZINSKI: No, no, no, no, no. Camera stays here.

SCARBOROUGH: One person with a gun in the right place can make a big difference.

GEIST [ever the conciliator]: For good and for bad.

SCARBOROUGH: For good and for bad.

BRZEZINSKI: You know, that is the most inane statement I have ever heard.
Inane because it does not fit her worldview. Rather sad.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I'm off

To go pick up a briskut to cook for my wife, and an ammo can of shotgun shells my brother picked up for me at the last gun show.

I'm impressed

I'm writing my column for next week when I came across a politician who seems to get the internet...or at least a staff member.

The subject is on the new proposed amendment to the 2007 farm bill that would limit junk food sales in the public school. The senator who proposed it is Tom Harkin of Iowa.

I went by his senate webpage because the news articles I was reviewing did not mention the Farm Bill number. When his page came up I looked to see if I was at the right place.

He is using a blog formet for his press releases. Comments links, and a whole slew of links like reddit and digg on each post. while he is a politician, and I view them with a certain distrust, I'm glad he is using this format.

I'm even going to leave a comment.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

My tattoo

I have a tattoo on my right arm. I got it for my birthday earlier this year. Now I'm one who works things out in my head a longtime, so this tattoo was not spur of the moment, or dumb. It represents a part of me and my view of the world, and my place in it.

At first glance it looks simple. Four squares, each a bit over an inch and a half. Three colored in and one empty. The outline is black and the three colors are red, blue, and green.

They each symbolize a statement. Not just political, but about my individualistic view of the world.

Box one is reddish wood colored. It represents a wooden box. Specifically a soap box. A term used throughout time to mean free speech. The ability to stand on a box and say "I am a free person", and "you will not control my free speech". A fundamental basis of freedom through time.

The second box is blue. Ballot boxes were traditionally blue. The ability to vote. It symbolizes my right to choose who represents me and the ability to vote for our leaders. Also a fundamental right.

The third box is green. If you have ever seen an ammo box you know they are green. The right to protect myself, and if needed to remove tyrants if they attempt to usurp your other rights. The right to keep and bear arms was the second one mentioned in the bill of rights.

Now the fourth one is different. It's empty. When asked by people what it represents I make a bold, yet simple statement.

"It's the empty box I'll put the dead body in and bury in the woods of any fucker who tries to take the first three boxes away from me"

I'm a libertarian, and have been for a long time. On my shoulder I have had added for time and eternity a sign that I will never believe in being a subject to any ruler.

My tattoo says a lot about me, and where I am in this world.

I need a twinkie.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Disorderly conduct?

OK. I'll start by saying the guy is an asshole. No beating around the bush or anything. Some people are just that damn dumb.

The problem is that the crime he is being charged with is total BS.
A teacher has been arrested after writing online that the Columbine High School shooters were heroes.
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The comments came on a conservative blog. Officials said a writer using the name "Observer" said the West Bend teachers' salaries made him sick, and said the killers in the 1999 Columbine shootings had the right idea.

"They knew how to deal with the overpaid teacher union thugs. One shot at a time! Too bad the liberls (sic) rip them; they were heros (sic) and should be remembered that way," the writer said.
By his comments you could easily put him into the troll category, and ignore anything he writes past this point. Boots and Saber released this comment on the situation.

The problem is what he is being charged with. This Breitbart video says he is being charged with Disorderly conduct.
WI Statute 947.01: Disorderly Conduct. Whoever, in a public or private place, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud, or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
From the same website the information also says internet acts can be charged as disorderly conduct.
Disorderly Conduct Applies To Computers and Internet Usage
Wisconsin law defines a message as a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature whatsoever, which includes e-mail. Under Wisconsin law (WI Stat 947.0125), if a person sends a message to another person via e-mail or any other computer communication system and in that message threatens to inflict injury or physical harm to any person or any person's property, intends to frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse or harass any person, or uses profanity, obscene materials, lewd, profane or suggestively lewd or profane language, whether or not the message is actually received, and whether or not the sender attempts to conceal his or her identity, a conviction can subject that person to the penalties of a Class B misdemeanor.

If the intent is to harass, annoy or offend another person, then the sending of a message via email or any other communication system is a Class B forfeiture.
The problem is that it seems almost anything that has the intent to "annoy" is criminal. Hell. Most posts on this blog would be criminal, and a some on the community blog I write for also would be criminal...if I lived in Wisconsin.

Disorderly conduct seems to be a law written to be used when nothing else really works. A "do all" law. A bad law.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Why I hate Sprint

My dislike of Sprint started a couple of years ago when a group in my family got a family plan.

5 phones were part of the plan and they worked well for the most part. The cheap discount phones with the basic camera. After a bit my wife desired better phones and when she and her mom went to Cool Springs Galleria to renew the account she picked up two Motorola RAZORS for us.

This is strike one for Sprint. They sold the pair of phones to my wife with a nice rebate included. Even I was impressed. There was one problem. When my wife sent the paperwork in and the required form the reply we got back was that the rebate program had expired. Technically it had expired BEFORE they sold my wife the phone. Damn nice of them, and of course calls to the Cool Springs site met with nothing but frustration.

Then problems started to occur. The RAZOR may be the pretty phone on the market, but the software speed reminded me of the early 386/486 computers in the 80's. You hit a button and then waited for it to respond. The reception also went to heck. The phones simply sucked.

Then about 2 months ago my wife's phone started to go through battery charges real fast. What used to last three days or more, started to last a day and a half, or less. Then last week mine started to do the same thing.

As we all know how computers will have items running in the background that can use up CPU capacity, I figured it was software. Since the software started out bad, the natural assumption is that it got worse. We went to the Sprint store in Murfreesboro Tennessee and dropped our phones off and after a period returned.

The first thing the guy said was that there was nothing he could do as it was water damage on both. As my wife and I know we have never dropped it in water we asked WTF was he talking about. There seems to be an infamous chem tab on the phone that turns color after exposure to water, or in our case humidity.

Since the tab had changed color he told us the phone was dead, with no testing at all to find out as the tab stopped him, and told us our initial phone insurance will cover this. Now a simple check to see if the battery was dead, or if it was software related was not done. Tab turned so they are off the hook.

It's damn sad they sell phones with bad reception, and hypersensitive chem tabs. But this is Sprint and they are not impressing me.

We get out to the car and I pick my phone up to look at this chem tab from hell, and notice the front was now broken, a break that was not there when I dropped it off. My now pissed off wife went back in and G.S.'s comment "I don't know how it happened, but I didn't do it" was followed by multiple "I don't know"'s that pissed my wife off to no end.

Our insurance will cover the phones, but for us, Sprint, and the Sprint store at 1407 N.W.Broad St. in Murfreesboro should simply be avoided.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Why I don't watch

People seem so wound up on debates and I'm not sure why for the most part. i simply can not see how making a choice on who to vote for can be done in the few high pressure moments of a debate. People talk about how Hillary sounded good compared to her flop in the next to last debate, and the "Ron Paul always wins" views of others always are echoes and repeated online in the days after.

But can a few moments on TV really change your mind? I just don't get it. I have not watched a single election debate, and the talking heads after the fact are likely more informative.

Debates just don't fly for me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Quote

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom. —THOMAS PAINE

Monday, November 26, 2007

Blog

I am not dead, but life has gotten busy in a positive way. I'm registering for classes, and have had computer issues, and the holidays have made me a lax blogger.

Things will not change. I was planning on putting the blog on hiatus until I graduate in 2012, but will drop in every few days as I find something I wish to post. I was not a prolific poster, and will be even less so, but I do not plan to stop.

I do plan on working the community blog and create something that has more then just an online presence. I want it to be something that can have an affact on Smyrna. Two months ago I set up a booth and handed out flyers and stickers about the community blog, and met several readers.

Not dead, just busy.

Friday, November 23, 2007

I'm old

I just had to increase the text size on my computer up a notch to make it easier to read. Either I'm old, or I need new glasses. Likely both.

Friday, November 16, 2007

D'oh!



Whomever wrote this had to have laughed out loud.

Quote

Americans need not fear the federal government because they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess over the people of almost every other nation. — James Madison.
Every time a gun law passes, this quote becomes more ominous.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New entrepreneurs

A new generation of new entrepreneurs is being groomed thanks to the government...to their regret.
After everyone ordered, Billy cued Ralf to lay down the prop. Ralf plopped two cards on the table. One was an American Express, and the other a Costco Card. Then he laid out several receipts from Costco.

“He said, ‘Mom and Dad, Ralf and I are in business together.’” Sue Anne said. “He explained that Ralf has a credit card and a membership to Costco. They had this deal worked out where Ralf was buying candy in bulk, very cheaply at Costco, and Billy was selling it. He was selling it in the hallways, in the parking lot and at football games. Ralf was getting a percentage for obtaining the goods, and Billy was taking his cut for marketing and selling. They were marking this stuff up something like 10 times the Costco price. And it was selling. They told us it was easy to sell.”

Billy told them he had kept it a secret because he was fairly certain they wouldn’t approve. He believed it was a violation of school rules, even though nobody was trying hard to stop it. Sue Anne and William were relieved.
That kid is going places in this world.

Has it been a whole year?

Milton Friedman



Now compare his nobel views that greed can uplift more people then any government program can, and compare it to how Hollywood uses and views greed. Of course the smarmy bad character supports greed in their view.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

***Language alert***

Hillary Clinton you political whore. If you end up run out of town on a rail the world would be a better place.

I'm rather pissed tonight at some of her latest words, or her latest spewing of political gaming filth. It involves states rights, verses the rotting claw of the federal government. Now you would have to be living under a rock to not know that the immigration issue is a political hot potato, and that the candidates are doing everything they can to avoid it. Even to the point of whoring out their normal beliefs for a brief moment of respite from it.

The latest is drivers licenses. Seems there is a push by some to allow illegals to drive. Now we know they drive, but the laminated card of safety will allow them to drive and never get in an accident, or some other bullshit reason. The issue of licenses for illegals was addressed by the old battle axe, and she played the political game well and ran for cover.
Pressed anew on whether she supports granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday it depends on the state.

In a CNN interview, Clinton, a New York senator, reiterated her support for governors who must contend with large populations of undocumented workers in the absence of federal immigration reform. She then was asked whether she thinks it is a "good idea" for governors to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

"It depends upon what state they're in. It depends upon what they think the risks are," Clinton said. "A governor of New York that has a lot of immigrants, many of whom we know are not there legally, has to worry about security. A governor of another state where that's not a problem doesn't."
It seems she started to channel the spirit of the states right corpse that the federals skewer more and more with increasing anger. Instead of acting like she has a set of balls( a set that I believe is Bill's in a mason jar), she fell back on the "it's up to the individual states" line.

Just one problem in this act. She seemingly had no trouble telling the states what to do when it came to us. Us, the legals.
H.R.418
Title: To establish and rapidly implement regulations for State driver's license and identification document security standards, to prevent terrorists from abusing the asylum laws of the United States, to unify terrorism-related grounds for inadmissibility and removal, and to ensure expeditious construction of the San Diego border fence.
Yes. You might have heard of this. It's called the Real ID act, or as some say "bend over and get your state ID number branded on your arse" bill. For us it is "One size fits all", but the political hot potato she tossed towards the individual governors.

She was one of the 100 senators (That's all of them by the way) who voted on the H. R. 1268 Conference Report, the report that the "son of real ID act" ended up on.

For you and me she has no trouble snapping that federal whip over the heads of the states governments while dressed in a leather outfit with a strap-on in the shape of a rolled and soiled constitution, but when it comes to the hot potato illegal immigrant issue, she looks like a bread baking, loving member of states rights coalition.

I have never seen a better example of political whoring by her then I have in the few short words she has spoken on this subject. If you're a statist, and she is by any definition in the book, then stand by your beliefs, but if you're a states right person then be one. of course she is not a state's right person, but to use that view to hide during an election shows a fundamental flaw in her character that should be a glaring sign that she should never be able to grasp into her claws the reigns of power.

Hillary Clinton. If you sell out your own statist beliefs just to avoid an issue, then why should you be someone we could trust in the oval office? We can't, and I hope to hell you lose.

You might be a redneck if..

You're cooking hotdogs and find that you're moving them around the pot with a Phillips Head Screwdriver.

In my defense I keep it over the sink as I find it is the best thing to punch holes in condensed milk cans for hot chocolate.

Friday, November 02, 2007

"This is John Galt speaking..." PART ONE



I found this series on Youtube and wanted to share them with you. I'll be posting these every few days until I get all of the ones they have online posted here, then I will post them as they come out.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

They were not pleased.

The state of Iowa needed more money, so relabelled a farm product.. The people were not pleased.
Here's a Halloween riddle: What happened when Iowa Department of Revenue officials tried to tax pumpkins?
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The department said it announced the policy last year, but it acknowledged that many people didn't notice until Wednesday, when the story whipsawed around the Internet and drew scads of derisive comments.

Even as it rescinded the policy, the department issued a news release defending its original reasoning. "Food and food ingredients are defined as substances that are sold for ingestion or chewing by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value," the release said.
I like the "we will not do it, but we still say we are right" view of their last remarks.

Of course the Governors comment to cover his butt is a delight to read.
The statement didn't say why the department changed its policy, but the controversy apparently spooked Gov. Chet Culver.

He issued his own statement after administrators went public with their reversal.

"It has come to my attention that a policy change made in December of 2006 - before I took office - is resulting in this ridiculous pumpkin tax," Culver said.
His "please don't hurt me" line is sad to behold.

I said it 3 1/2 years ago

The NYPD is in the process of looking into some new technology to show what really happens when an officer shoots his firearm.
In a city where the street version of events is often worlds apart from the police version, a new technology might help bridge the gap.

Yesterday, city officials showed off the PistolCam, a lightweight, pager-sized digital camera that attaches to an officer's gun barrel and automatically begins recording as soon as the officer draws his weapon.

Newburgh is looking to become the first police force in the country to use the new cameras, and police and city officials hope it can help cool relations between police and residents. Tensions here have been raised by several high-profile incidents, including a shoot-out between city police and 23-year-old Antonio Bryant, which left Bryant dead in the middle of Broadway last year.
New my arse. I said this should be made with technology that was common then in March 2004.
What I would like to see is a gun camera. With modern digital cameras running under a 100$ and as small as a zippo lighter we have entered an age of the perfect witness. Using an attachment, like for a paramag, connect a small digital camera that takes a shot just as you shoot. So no cop can say he had a gun, when he did not or the family makes charges of an innocent victim, when he had a butchers knife.
Better late then never.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Quote

Some of the worst abuses of government force in recent years were precipitated by technical and victimless gun-law violations. For example, the BATF claimed that the Branch Davidians possessed machine guns without paying the required federal tax and filling in the proper registration forms. So a tax case worth less than $10,000 led to a 76-man helicopter, machine gun, and grenade assault on a home in which 2/3 of the occupants were women and children. — Dave Kopel and Dr. Michael S. Brown, Prohibition Fever, NationalReview.com

Monday, October 22, 2007

The force of the government

A sadly foretelling event happened in California. I have used the term "Universal criminalization" to imply that at any moment, you are likely breaking a law some how. This UC bit the author of Fahrenheit 451.
South Pasadena, California 10/20/2007 - A California “undercover investigator” identifying himself to this reporter as "Agent Egan" entered the Fremont Center Theatre at 8:00 PM curtain time tonight and halted the performance of Pulitzer Prize and National Medal of Arts author Ray Bradbury’s play Dandelion Wine. Bradbury was in attendance awaiting the start of the performance with a theatre full of celebrity guests including The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner.

The play, one of Bradbury’s most autobiographical works, includes performances by several young actors, and when the announcement was made from the stage about the cancellation 30 minutes after the scheduled start time, reference was made to an obscure California law requiring a State of California licensed teacher to be present at all performances with young actors. The company spokesman said, however, that they had never before been advised about such a requirement, and certainly not at show time
Now what might have been the REAL reason?
The play’s director, Alan Neal Hubbs, later suggested to this reporter that the play’s cancellation might have more to do with Mr. Egan’s finding an excuse to shut down the performance due to his previously having been denied free tickets to the play.
A flash of the badge and a threat about one of the multitude of laws you break daily, and the government hits you with the threat of force.
Now I find it humorous that he is so intent on enforcing the law, but not wanting you to know who he is.
When this reporter approached the official for a photo-interview to explain why he had shut down the performance, he threatened to confiscate this reporter’s camera on the claim that he worked as an undercover police officer; however, when asked by this reporter to produce a badge or other official identification, “Egan” refused.
The system wins again.

Bastards!

video

From youtube with description



A Snapping Turtle Climbs A Fence to break INTO the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, SD!
Excuse the poor quality: I used my cell phone to shoot this one
I am impressed.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Nanny state

A good interview and a book that sounds interesting.
FP: What is your book's main argument?

Harsanyi: Small things will lead to big ones. When we hear about tag being banned in Colorado Springs, or we hear about dog house zoning laws in San Francisco, or "health zone" initiatives in Los Angeles, we may just laugh and shake our heads. But when you bundle together of all these various piddling intrusions, it manifests into a growing movement that endangers liberty on a larger scale. I argue that both political parties – on every level of government – is guilty.


FP: What kind of people support an intrusive government? What is their mentality?


Harsanyi: Diversity, sadly is the key. On a micro level, we have too many citizens – even small-government conservatives -- with caveats when it comes to personal freedom. On one issue or another, citizens believe government is needed to protect the individual from him/herself. All these individuals form rather large constituencies, however. And then when we add up all these constituencies what we're left with is a growing and wide-ranging paternalistic state that many people aren't even aware is here.

There are also those, take Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who are driven by tragic personal events. There are those who surrender to convenience – state dependency can be seductive. Then there are the professional meddling parents who want to stick their noses in everyone's business. There are "progressives" who believe freedom and fairness are the same thing, advocating for expansion government dependency. (And isn't it sad that once we have "revolutionaries" and now we have legions of prigs on the left.) There are health care officials or safety watchdog groups that believe a particular issue is the most the momentous threat to republic since saccharine and are willing to invade individual freedom to "fix" the problem.

This is the "For the Children" crowd.

Most of these folks are under the mistaken impression that government can create a superior or healthier or more moral person. Almost always they are motivated by good intentions and Utopian idealism. But as C.S. Lewis wrote, "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." When safety and salubriousness become more important than freedom we're in trouble.
The section that says so much has the word "Caveat" used. Most people, and I probably also suffer this, have caveats that I "feel" are justified, but are as dumb as the brady groups caveat.

some speech is a felony

Not speech as in "I think the government is BS", but the right to petition the government is limited in Oklahoma.
Paul Jacob and two others were indicted this month on felony charges in Oklahoma and could serve more than ten years in prison. Their crime? Simply exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government, contends the Sam Adams Alliance.
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On paper, the charges are “conspiracy to defraud the state” because of a baseless claim that they—the “Oklahoma Three”—violated an Oklahoma statute requiring petition circulators to be residents while they were working on a Taxpayer Bill of Rights petition during the summer of 2006. (Carpenter was also charged with filing a false, fraudulent, felonious, and fictitious initiative petition.)
The "government is BS" comment is true in my view.

Dear 911 truthers

I attempted to find a specific video to show my wife something. I had to spend about 5 minutes adding things like "-911 -truthers -WTC -building -7" etc. to find the video.

It seems the 911 truthers have successfully flooded the net with videos that "PROOVE!" that it was all a conspiracy. "See that little black speck. It's a SAM 7 missile" and other such nonsensical lines place you well into the "illuminati/skull and bones/bohemian grove/masonic/jewish cabel" nut group and any chance you may have had of exposing anything went to hell with easily provable claims you dash out in a masturbatory style with your MS Movie maker.

Let us try this. Prove one thing in a court and I'll listen. Right now I'm going to talk to my 4000 jewish friends on how to keep the truth hidden.

Please take your pills and quit flooding the net with your insane BS.

Atlas shrugged......for a smoke

In once great britain a person of note has shrugged and walked away from the nanny state.
Tubular Bells composer Mike Oldfield has quit Britain because the smoking ban and health-and-safety culture have made life "intolerable".

The multi-millionaire is selling his £3.5million Gloucestershire mansion and has moved to Spain, where he says people have more freedom.

He said Britain had become too strict, with its "ludicrous" emphasis on health-and-safety rules and the increased use of CCTV and speed cameras.
Our paternal state recently passed its own smoking ban....nanny state bastards.

Discussion over?

This article head may redefine how to put something into perspective.
How can you predict global warming if you can't predict rain?
Well?

Either laugh, or piss off.

When I first saw this I laughed out loud, and knew that I had to post this. Then I honestly got worried for a second that I could get in trouble. Hell! What type of country is this that humor.. a damn joke, could cause a person to worry about their wellbeing? Well screw it. This video is a humor skit, and if you don't get it, or are a representative of the US oligarchy government, then piss off.



If for some reason it will not play in the embedded player, then here is some link goodness.

Damn government fuck'tards!

Note the tags of humor, and government abuse, and free speech. Either they see free speech as a joke, and I'm not laughing at that idea, or the idea of free speech has become a joke and we are all fucked.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

2.0

Not web 2.0, but weed 2.o. Seems it's the biggest thing since sliced bread.
Heard the latest from the Feds regarding their multi-billion dollar war on weed? According to warnings posted on the DEA's new website JustThinkTwice.com, today's cannabis is nearly twice as strong as the pot available in the 1970s and 80s. Sounds like its time for the Drug Enforcement Administration to don some new duds. How about t-shirts saying: "I've arrested millions, and all I got was stronger pot?"
Naturally, law enforcement and federal bureaucrats have little sense of humor when it comes to these matters. "We're no longer talking about the drug of the 1960s and 1970s," Drug Czar John Walters told Reuters News Wire. (The Czar failed to explain why if previous decades' pot was innocuous police still arrested you for it.) "This is Pot 2.0."
Are you saying all of that stuff I smoked in the 80's was lame? Hell. I lost the summer of 86, so this new stuff must be great.

I feel some glaucoma coming on.

Friday, October 19, 2007

I'm not dead.

I've just been busy...and sore.

I have been writing on another blog titled This is Smyrna, TN. for almost two years, and earlier this year took administrative control of it. The last three weeks plus I have busy in local politics, and in pushing the website.

I started with a long series on the blog involving certain law based problems I felt the city had.

Part 1 2 3 4 5 Draft Alert vote

I was able to get a partial victory when the town government placed the proposed draft online, and one change was modified, but there is still a lot of the nanny mentality that has to be stopped in my town.

I have sort of declared war on what I call the pretty'fication of my town by legislation.

I also had a booth at the last town festival with bumper stickers and flyers of "This is Smyrna, TN." to get more traffic. 1 2 3. I handed out about 80 flyers, and 10 bumper stickers, and also met a lot of people who read my column in the local newspaper.

Setting up a booth, going to local events and other work has left me either busy doing stuff, or home in a slight narcotic haze as I lay there with a heating pad on my back, and a rum and coke on the table next to me.

I have decided to take TIS,T. from a blog read by mainly other bloggers, to a local website that local people can go to if they want to know what's going on, news, rumors, and politics. A central point for our growing town. Hell. A form of alternative press.

To do this requires time. Time to go to events, arrange new writers, money to make stickers, bumper stickers, and flyers. Also money to plan a newspaper advertising. I now have a registered link for the site that is not a blogspot address. While it simply redirects you to the blogspot web page, the fact that ThisisSmyrnaTN.com is easier to remember then the longer blogspot address.

This is Smyrna, TN. may stay small, but I plan on attempting to make it a local force for people who want to know what the local papers don't print. If I get labelled with the title Muckraker, then I will be mostly happy.

That is the reason I have been off line for the last couple of weeks. Not dead, just busy.

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Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins. — Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose testimony convicted John Gotti.

Monday, October 08, 2007

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I have been getting more politically active in my community, and have started to address openly certain botersome issues openly.

I was talking about regulations with my wife and while we agree that there are certain regulations and laws that we think may be needed, she made a comment that I have to put under quotes.
"Rules are so people don't have to think"
I love my wife.

They keep saying it

I'm not sure why this set of words bother me so, outside of the fact that sheep wait for the guard dog.
Police said that despite the heroism of the employees, they do not recommend that store clerks wrestle shotguns away from anyone committing a robbery. “This could have very easily been another homicide had the gun been loaded and gone off,” said Lt. Charles Broe, Sr.
Grrrrrr.

Friday, October 05, 2007

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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice. — THOMAS PAINE

Protect the zoning

I originally posted this on "This is Smyrna, Tn.". A community blog that I write for. I thought I would share it here also.


The first layer of government a person deals with in their daily life is the police. They are seen driving their patrol cars around any municipality and represent the government.

The second layer of government a person deals with is normally at the town/city level. Be it a mayor, a council, or a codes official. There is a variety of reasons that a person could be dealing with the city, but the first and foremost seems to be zoning issues.

Zoning is a form of regulating the land for the good of the city. Many feel that zoning is required, and a necessary evil for the most part. I would agree on the evil, but not the necessary. A fine example is Houston Texas. This small blurb from wikipedia mat sound like a footnote, but it echoes to a larger problem.
Houston, the largest city in the United States without zoning regulations, has expanded without land use planning. Voters rejected efforts to have separate residential and commercial land-use districts in 1948, 1962, and 1993.
Now I channel Bill Murray.
"Without zoning it will be chaos. Dogs and cats living together".
But it isn't like that. While things do not always run smoothly is that metropolis, the way things are controlled are done individually. This is from an article by the Foundation of Economic Education.
Even without zoning, home buyers wanting control over the development of land in their neighborhood have a choice called “deed restrictions.” Usually, these deed restrictions are initiated by an original developer to cover all property purchased in a subdivision for 25 or 30 years. Restrictions are often renewable after that period, and most homes in Houston built since World War II have such renewable restrictions. Enforceable by civic associations with help from the city, the document can prevent businesses or apartments from entering the neighborhood. It can even require residents to keep their lawns manicured or their homes painted only certain colors. However detailed, deed restrictions contain rules voluntarily accepted by home buyers, unlike the edicts issued to property owners by a zoning commission.
Houston shows that a city can work and successful in being a place people would want to live in. It also says a lot that something that so many people claim is required and vital to the success of a cities future, has been voted down three times by the citizens of Houston.

I write this because last night in Clarksville Tennessee a horrible incident occurred that had a lot to do with zoning.
A business owner shot and killed himself during a City Council meeting Thursday night after members voted against his request to rezone his property, witnesses said.

Ronald "Bo" Ward, owner of Bo's Barber Shop, had told the council his business would go under if he couldn't get his home rezoned as commercial. After the 5-7 vote Thursday night, Ward stood and walked toward the council.

"Ya'll have put me under ... I'm out of here," he said before shooting himself in the head with a small handgun.
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Ward had said the rezoning would increase his property value, allowing him to secure a loan to offset debt he incurred when he expanded his shop.
I would sound extremely biased if I said the zoning issue was what drove him to this futile act. There surely is much more to this story, more depression and stress in his life that built up inside of him.

What it does show is how much what seemed to the council as a vote of zoning, can mean so much to one person. That last plank he was holding onto to keep his head above the water. When it was removed it was over for him, and he took his life.

I have seen in the past several people come to our own town government asking for changes to allow them to do things. A young women who wanted to have a few more children at her house as she runs a small day care center there. Sadly her yard was to small and as rules must be followed, she was turned down. I viewed her several times during the summer online and the final time in front of the council as she was voted against time after time. I saw a representative of a business who wanted to split their property to make it more easy to sell. The board voted against it because of entrances and distances between building, even after the representative said that without the property split the possibility of selling it is low.

I've seen the council vote against several rezonings as they viewed it as "spot zoning" where one section wants to be commercial, while the rest are residential. What they view as "spot zoning", is a persons land.

Last night the Clarksville town council voted 4-7 against this man, and his last hope was gone.
Many in the room immediately screamed — audience and council members alike — but few moved as Ward's wife Mildred threw herself on her husband.
And people wonder why I'm a small government advocate.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

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As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated. — Charlton Heston

Sunday, September 30, 2007

A view from the police side of the barricades

WTF!

I found this and thought I would share this sad little idea of how to stop violence.
Kill the 7.62x39 and Save the World
Peacekeepers are desperate to stop all the shooting going on. There are too many people with AK-47 running around, firing at anything and everything. How to stop that? Simple. Outlaw 7.62x39 ammunition. Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, this rifle round has become the biggest killer on the planet. This is the ammo used in the AK-47 and the SKS carbine (a non-automatic rifle with a smaller magazine than the AK-47). You can't get all those weapons collected and destroyed. But you can sharply reduce the supply of ammo. Unlike the rifles, which last a long time, the ammo has a limited shelf life, and it tends to get used real quick. There are millions of half-century old rifles still out there, and many that go back nearly a century (to World War I). But ammo degrades rapidly, and people tend to use it. Empty rifles are basically awkward clubs, and left without ammo long enough, will be discarded by their owners.
This is from Strategypage. I was surprised to find it there as it sounds like some left wing KOS/Brady pipe dream.

It gets worse when the simple denial of reality kicks in.
you make manufacture of the 7.62x39 illegal, most of the large producers will have to shut down, or face international sanctions. The small, outlaw, producers will make a lot of money, because suddenly 7.62x39 ammo will be real scarce, and the price will skyrocket. Not as much of the ammo will be available for all those weapons. Fewer bullets means fewer dead bodies. The poor users are not stupid, and they can count. Expensive ammo means you use the weapons less. That means fewer people get killed.
They tried that with drugs. They keep crowing how the latest blow to the drug world will keep the prices high. Prices are at an all time low, and quality and potency keeps getting higher.

There is simply so much wrong with this idea. Good intentions, but misguided.

I found this at Liveleak, and some of the comments echo my view.

The versatile AK

When you just have to smoke that camel, the AK is there for you.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NRA beware

The NRA has seemingly forgotten the black gun market and have sucked up to the "hunting meme" as why they fight for gun rights.

We need to keep the Brady's from seeing this. They will then say guns are not needed for hunting.



Small deer and big bird. I'm impressed.

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When liberty is taken away by force, it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered. — DOROTHY THOMPSON

Idealism verses reality

First Hamilton's quote from the Federalist papers.
I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and in the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed constitution, but would even be dangerous. They would contain various exceptions to powers which are not granted; and on this very account, would afford a colorable pretext to claim more than were granted. For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? Why for instance, should it be said, that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained, when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed? I will not contend that such a provision would confer a regulating power; but it is evident that it would furnish, to men disposed to usurp, a plausible pretense for claiming that power.
On one hand he says this.
For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?
Idealistic because unless you say "NO", the government assumes silence is as good as saying "Yes!".

Then he says this
but it is evident that it would furnish, to men disposed to usurp, a plausible pretense for claiming that power
How true. Freedome of speech...as long as all election laws, and free speech zones are respected(i.e. followed like good serfs).

This section and his hitting it on the head, and yet so wrong in the same section, has always puzzled me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

really really really really delayed charges.

Well it took long enough
A former Michigan police corporal who admitted taking marijuana from criminal suspects and baking it into brownies has been charged with using a controlled substance.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Edward Sanchez, 30, and his wife Stacy, 27, are expected to be arraigned on charges of using marijuana.
Not theft of evidence, or destruction of evidence, or even extreme stupidity, just the usage of the "drug". Justice delayed, is justice denied is par for the course.

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ilo5ql_h0HSZQrbsM2am9Q12SC0A

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sit back and let the authorities do your thinking

Everyone just watched, and only afterwords did they say it "seemed" wrong.
A Roseland, Indiana, city council member orders police to remove a fellow city council member. The police escort him out, shove him down on his face and pound his head. Onlookers either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the police do their jobs. Not a single person protests. Only the one victim is hauled off in the police car. No one jumps in and shouts "Before this becomes Nazi Germany, arrest me too!"

A University of Florida student asks inconvenient questions of a U.S. senator. Police tackle him and shoot him with a taser. Onlookers, including the senator, either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the police do their jobs. Not a single person seriously protests. Only the one victim is hauled off to jail. Fascist-friendly media outlets love the story because the senator is a Democrat, but they don't tell the story right. Progressive media outlets don't tell the story, even though they would tell it right, because the senator is a Democrat.

A television newscaster announces that planes were delayed in Boston's airport and tells us the name of a college student, shows us her picture, and tells us that we should blame her. He tells us to give the airport security guards credit for doing their jobs. They mistook her school project for a bomb. Again, we must let the "authorities" handle things.

We must pretend toothpaste and deodorant are weapons. We must pass through metal detectors. We must shout through bullet proof glass. We must refrain from hysterically laughing at police officers who solemnly believe every backpack or stroller is a threat to national security. We must speak freely in "free speech zones," except when we speak the wrong things freely and go to jail for it. We must be treated as criminals any time we attempt to get near members of our government.
We now live in a de-balled nation.

I'm in bizarro-land. I just linked to the Democratic Underground. I swear I'm not drinking people. Honest!

Fear silences a voice

NYPD at its best?
Flynn says the damage is done. She sees it in the attitudes of other activists. There's less desire. More trepidation.

"When you use scare tactics, you really are curbing our right to dissent against the government," she said. "The only thing this is serving to do is squash public dissent. By going after the organizers of a rally, you really are sending a message - 'Don't hold a rally.'"
SSDD

Don't distract him.

Damned distracting constitution
Rep. Tom Allen has recently acknowledged that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have committed multiple impeachable offenses. But Rep. Allen refuses to support legislation calling for impeachment of Bush-Cheney because it would be a “distraction.”

Since when is protecting the Constitution a distraction? (Impeachment by the House of Representatives actually just means investigations for crimes against the Constitution.)

This is just Mackinac Island funny

I almost feel sorry for the smuck.
It was the last ferry back from the island to Mackinac city. Nearly 100 Ron Paul supporters were waiting on the dock when they were surprised to see Mayor Giuliani appear with his bodyguards walking toward the ferryboat. The crowd started cheering Ron Paul’s name and Mayor Giuliani’s smiling face suddenly turned thunderstruck. Informed that it was the last ferry, Giuliani ended up boarding with those Ron Paul supporters and took the “longest” ferry ride in his life.

The ferryboat was going like the wind, cleaving the waves on the Great Lakes in the inky darkness, as if the Black Pearl in the movie Pirates of Caribbean. Giuliani was “hiding” beneath the window in the captain’s cabinet, with bodyguards standing around him to block the sight. The crowd kept cheering Ron Paul’s name again and again all the way, for almost 20 minutes, many of them were calling their friends and family to give them the play-by-play.

When the ferry reached Mackinac City, Giuliani went out of the captain’s cabinet with a cheering face and offered to shake hands with passengers sitting in the first row but they were reluctant to do so. Afraid of Ron Paul supporters’ enthusiasm, Giuliani got off the fore of the boat, instead of taking the normal path at the stern.
Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani at Mackinac Island Conference

I'm amazed

I find myself having to control the urge to link to Daily Kos posts as they are sounding more and more like the sane ones when describing Bush's war on freedom, while the ultra conservatives seem to fall back on the old "It's to protect us from Terrorists" line.

I guess I have to go buy a hooka and some die dye.

Giuliani

I'm trying to stay out of the whole presidential election theme. After all, deciding who will be the next thug on the block doesn't thrill me.

Giuliani has made a small statement that I do want to address.
Rudolph W. Giuliani appeared Friday before the National Rifle Association — a group he once likened to extremists — and defended his very vocal past advocacy of tougher gun laws while affirming the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.
This is a true politician. On both sides at the same time. Maybe I'm an odd one, but with the plethora of laws, it is becoming harder to be a law abiding citizen, so I say everyone should be allowed to possess and carry. Why should 'bad' people not have the right to protect themselves?
And he confronted his past directly, saying he faced different challenges taming crime in New York City a decade ago, while signaling that he opposes new restrictions on gun ownership.
Until a politician comes out against even the old restrictions on gun owners, then they are all bastard scum.

With the knowledge of his background how the hell could the NRA give him a platform? What the hell are they thinking?

Friday, September 21, 2007

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I say thank God for government waste. If government is doing bad things, it's only the waste that prevents the harm from being greater

- Milton Friedman

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Interesting take on the Florida tazering incident.

A very interesting view of this tazering, and one I agree with.
The four players in the present-day American political drama were all represented at the University of Florida on Monday:

1) Andrew Meyer writhing on the ground in agony represents the Constitution and the freedom of speech and the protection from unlawful arrest that it enshrines.
2) The police holding Mr. Meyer to the ground and inflicting torture with 50,000 volts of electricity represent the fascist forces in America led by George W. Bush and their attempts to kill the Constitution.
3) John Kerry droning impotently on in the background and allowing the torture to occur through his shameful lack of courage and principle represents today's Democratic Party.
4) The majority of the students who sat passively by while one of their own was tortured for speaking out represent the largely apathetic American populace.

And, of course, after the fact, the fifth and perhaps most important player in the drama made its inevitable entrance: the press. Major press outlets and even some supposedly left-wing political blogs were united in suggesting that Mr. Meyer actually deserved to be tasered because of his history as a prankster.
Of course the whole cake is iced with a police report that seems to be incorrect, if not an outright lie. Damned video cameras.

I don't believe he said it

I'm a bit shocked at this section, but I'll let it stand on it's own merit.
Jon Stewart: Many people are free-market capitalists, and they always talk about free-market capitalism, and that is our economic theory. So why do we have a Fed? Is the free market – wouldn’t the market take care of interest rates and all that? Why do we have someone adjusting the rates if we are a free-market society?

Alan Greenspan: You’re raising a very fundamental question. … You didn’t need central bank when we were on the gold standard, which was back in the nineteenth century. And all of the automatic things occurred because people would buy and sell gold, and the market would do what the Fed does now. But: most everybody in the world by the 1930s decided that the gold standard was strangling the economy. And universally this gold standard was abandoned. But: you need somebody to determine –or some mechanism – how much money is out there, because remember, the amount of money relates to the amount of inflation in the economy. … In any event the more money you have, relative to the amount of goods, the more inflation you have, and that’s not good. So:

Stewart: So we’re not a free market then.

Greenspan: No. No.

Stewart: There’s a visible – there’s a benevolent hand that touches us.

Greenspan: Absolutely. You’re quite correct. To the extent that there is a central bank governing the amount of money in the system, that is not a free market. Most people call it regulation.
Enough said. A free market is not a regulated market.

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The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. — H.L. MENCKEN

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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At the end of the War, if we have surrendered our liberties, freedoms and rights, does it matter if we win or lose?

M.P.

No Quarters' future

Well today I finally got the word on my schooling. I'm going back full time as of January. I plan on fulfilling the required classes for my 4 year degree, and then maybe a bit more.

As I will be going to school full time, and local activities, and such I will be putting No Quarters on Hiatus permanently as of the new year.

I still have a few months to blog here so don't flee to other blogs yet.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Shut up and get thrown out.

When a politician doesn't like what you say, sometimes their inner desires get recorded.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told a New Hampshire veterans group that members of MoveOn should bethrown out of the country for producing an ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq. McCain's staff later said the presidential candidate merely meant that such ads had no place in the political debate.
Free speech is allowed at the whim of the government.

Socialized medicine

Hillary and Obama each have their own plans for socialised medicine. Remember what they give, they can withhold as other socialized programs show. Also the states attempts at socialised medicine has failed at the local and federal level.

One big reason not to vote democrat and vote libertarian.

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No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776).

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ouch!

A truthful comment like this says a lot.
SPENCER, IA-- Democratic Presidential candidate Governor Bill Richardson, campaigning today in Iowa, issued the following statement regarding the recent "spying" incident involving the National Football League’s New England Patriots:

"The President has been allowed to spy on Americans without a warrant, and our U.S. Senate is letting it continue. You know something is wrong when the New England Patriots face stiffer penalties for spying on innocent Americans than Dick Cheney and George Bush."
But Bush does it for the children.

This is my first post to the Daily Kos. I'm a bit surprised I ever linked there. Who knew!

Quote and comment

Look into the mirror
A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power. —ABRAHAM LINCOLN


Well Lincoln baby. You failed.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Oh Canada!

This is the ultimate cognitive-dissonance I have ever seen.

Google is bad because they might invade privacy.
Google's new Street View application uses photographs captured at an earlier date to let computer users navigate through city streets and neighbourhoods in major cities quickly and easily.

But the program, which relies on pictures taken without the knowledge or consent of people in them, seems to violate many basic rights of citizens and poses a serious threat to personal privacy....
But at the same time the Canadian government has no problems invading your privacy.
That could change, if Public Safety Canada and Industry Canada move forward on plans for new legislation that would require telecommunications providers to give up private information about their clients, on demand.

Rather than having to go to a judge for a search warrant, police and other authorities could instead issue what's called in Europe a "Production Order" -- a request for information that would help speed up investigations.
Do as we say, not as we do. The modern mantra of this "War on (insert latest perceived threat)".

overconfident

o·ver·con·fi·dent (ō'ver-kŏn'fĭ-dent)
adj.
Excessively confident; presumptuous.


A reason in Not-Great Britain to be searched.
As I walked up the entrance ramp I was stopped by police. "I am afraid I can't let you past me until I have searched you, as I have reason to believe that you could have articles intended for criminal damage," said an officer.

"What good reason?" I asked.

"We watched you address the crowd."

"I am being stopped for what I said in a speech?" I spluttered.

"Oh no. Not because of what you said. It is because you look overconfident."

That was the official reason, I was "overconfident"; bless them, they even wrote it on the stop-and-search slip the police have to provide. Under the title "Grounds for Search", the officer wrote: "overconfident attitude of Mr Thomas".
Obviously a man not broken by the system yet, thus a threat.

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All our liberties are due to men who, when their conscience has compelled them, have broken the laws of the land. —WILLIAM KINGDON CLIFFORD
Hell yes.

"Black silk jacket, flowing black silk skirt "

A story of how much fun firearms can really be.
It was mid-September, 1998, the first day of Northern California’s Range War, a "cowboy action shooting" competition in which participants dress up in Old West costumes and use replicas of antique weapons. So far things were going pretty well. I was just starting to get used to my borrowed 12-gauge shotgun, and my revolvers (single-action .38s) were performing smoothly. My cowgirl costume was pretty comfortable -- black silk jacket, flowing black silk skirt -- and for once my hat was staying on my head. I was getting into my groove, hitting most of the targets with my pistols, and almost all of them with my new lever-action .44 rifle. My shotgun shooting wasn’t too great, but the gun was borrowed, and that’s always a good excuse.
The story is even better because of this section.
There was a time when I would not have wanted to touch a gun of any kind, much less spend part of an afternoon riding the back of a rocking mechanical pony and blazing away at a series of targets with revolvers, rifles, and shotguns. But that improbable picture is the culmination of a journey that took me from the ivory towers of academia to the shooting ranges of Northern California.
Happiness IS a warm gun.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? — Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836

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"Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked."
-- Robert D. Sprecht

Monday, September 10, 2007

You will repect my authority.



The video's best comment is "I can come up with nine things" to arrest you. Police work at it's best.

Video description
This happened in a speed trap town ... all » in Missouri called St. George with only a few officers that think they have more power than they really do. This happened outside of their jurisdiction and they have no police powers, except for felonies in progress, where they stopped me, according to state law.

The commuter lot is open 24 hours a day and can be confirmed by calling 1-888-Ask-MoDOT.

You can see me pass the officer at :08 seconds as he nearly blocks the road as he sits waiting for the next car without license plate lights to come by.

You'll hear this officer tell me he'll make up "9 different charges" including resisting arrest before he has even tried to arrest me. You'll hear him say how I didn't use my turn signal and I was weaving when the video clearly proves him wrong.

I truly thought if I didn't suck up, I would be beaten and maybe killed.

His tone started to change when he realized that the young man's car had a video camera in it. Funny thing that is.

At least he did not make the following chat room comment like THIS officer did.
According to the Portland Tribune article in Friday’s newspaper, the deputy, using the screen name Trafalgar, said, “Seeing someone get Tasered is second only to pulling the trigger. That is money – puts a smile on your face.”
The things that put a smile on my face differ a lot from these people.

update:
Story verified and transcript for your reading enjoyment.
Officer #1: Let me see your insurance card for the vehicle.
Brett: Did I commit a moving violation?
Officer #1: Yeah you did, when you were coming in here.
Brett: Really? What was that?
Officer #1: Yeah, you wanna try me? You wanna try me tonight? You think you've had a bad night? I will ruin your ****ing night.
[Officer starts to get close up to my face]
Officer #1 You want to try me?
[Officer is inches away from my face, screaming as I'm pinned between him and my vehicle]
Officer #1 Do you wanna try me young boy? Do you want to try me tonight young boy?
Brett: No I don't.
Officer #1: Do you want to go to jail for some ****ing reason I come up with?
Brett: No I don't.
Officer #1: Do you wanna see who knows the law better, me or you. My experience compared to your young ass. Huh? Don't ever get smart mouthed with a cop again. I show you what a cop does. Do you understand me?
Brett: Yes sir.
Officer #1: Try and talk back -- Talk back to me again. I bet I could say you resisted arrest or something. You want to come up with something? I come up with nine things. Do you wanna try something?
To protect and serve.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Images from the web

Who can identify this firearm from this 'unusual' viewpoint?



"Gun go Boooom"!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Don't let him see the protesters

Seems keeping the "leader" of the free world happy requires a whole manual on silencing the opposition.
Not that they're worried or anything. But the White House evidently leaves little to chance when it comes to protests within eyesight of the president. As in, it doesn't want any.

A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protestors" from President Bush's public appearances around the country.

Among other things, any event must be open only to those with tickets tightly controlled by organizers. Those entering must be screened in case they are hiding secret signs. Any anti-Bush demonstrators who manage to get in anyway should be shouted down by "rally squads" stationed in strategic locations. And if that does not work, they should be thrown out.

But that does not mean the White House is against dissent -- just so long as the president does not see it. In fact, the manual outlines a specific system for those who disagree with the president to voice their views. It directs the White House advance staff to ask local police "to designate a protest area where demonstrators can be placed, preferably not in the view of the event site or motorcade route."
The idea of "free speech zone" is repugnant to me, but just fine to the White House.

Bastards.

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A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders. —Larry Elder

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

That's all?

I honestly would have thought the number would be higher.
The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.
With no help from the ATF.

One thing did not surprise me.
"Firearms are very unevenly distributed around the world. The image we have of certain regions such as Africa or Latin America being awash with weapons -- these images are certainly misleading," Small Arms Survey director Keith Krause said.
YEs. The countries where all of the violence is, have few gun per person. Seems the deaths may be government related.

What are the odds?

Free speech.. if they let you.

WARNING: A bit noisy at the start.

Police short of ammo

Looks like even the government agencies are running into troubles.
With military conflicts in both Afghanistan and Iraq, police are feeling the impact of ammunition shortage. This shortage in ammo is causing some police departments around the nation to scale-down training programs, and reduce target practice. Some chiefs feel the delay of ammo shipments, for which shipping times have nearly doubled, may begin to impact how police officers function on the street since training and practice will be reduced
Amadou Diallo was not available for comment.

Hiatus over

Well the summer semester is over and the fall semester has begun. This sadly means my hiatus is over. Yes sad.

Lack of money made it possible for only one of us, out of my wife and I, to go to school. She goes this semester, and I'll save till next semester.

With no classes this semester I'll start blogging again, and ranting about politics.

I can proudly say that I did get two A's on the two classes I took.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

**Hiatus**

As life goes forward, so must I.

Monday I will be registering for summer classes at MTSU(Middle Tennessee State). I also will be working over the next month on getting some sort of funding for the upcoming year. That alone will occupy more time then I initially thought it would.

Classes, and my Smyrna A.M. column(which is harder to write them I thought it would be) and other obligations have made me reschedule what I do.

Some things have to be dropped.

Because of that I am going to put this blog on hiatus for the near future. I still plan on blogging at This is Smyrna, TN. as it is almost an extension of my Smyrna A.M. job.

See you all around the blog world.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Well said

What he said.
I hate to tell you this, but we don't live in a world full of rainbows and unicorns and blue skies. We live in a world in which evil people like to victimize the innocent. We live in a world that sometimes requires you to take your safety into your own hands, because those whose job it is to keep you safe cannot be everywhere at once. If you value your own life so little that you wouldn't use violence to stop violence and save your own life and the lives of others, there's no speaking to you, and there's no convincing you. But if you believe your life and the lives of other innocents are sacred, then you'd understand that sometimes you must defend yourself from violent thugs, and the only way to stop them is to stop them dead.
There's much more.

Thanks

After reading this article I'm in awe at the leaps of logic taken by PETA.
According to news reports, Stone’s son Jamison—who reportedly shot and killed a deer for the first time at age 5—shot the huge animal at least eight times with a .50-caliber revolver. Jamison then chased the hog for three hours before finally killing him with a final shot—even though Stone and their guides had high-powered rifles and could have given the animal a faster, more humane death rather than letting him suffer, terrified, with bullet wounds over the course of several hours.


According to FBI profilers, the American Psychiatric Association, law enforcement officials, and child advocacy organizations, animal abuse is a warning sign often seen in people who eventually direct violence toward humans.
Hunt a wild hog, and end up a seriel killer. What a leap of logic.

Using those words.

I've talked about how certain words are used to push legislation that a lot wouldn't like.

Here they go again.
Corraling this weapon is sensible to do and will pose little inconvenience to recreational users, except to deprive them of using it for target shooting. It cannot be used for hunting in New Jersey; the state already prohibits hunting with all cartridge-firing rifles.
I guess since I'm against this, then I'm not sensible. I can live with that.

My view of the upcoming election

This says it all.
When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence. — GARY LLOYD

Monday, May 28, 2007

Where does your candidate stand?

At Unqualified Offerings, he brought forward a point of view that saddens me.
I realized that we live in the sort of country where you actually have to check whether a candidate is opposed to torture, because it’s a matter of debate.

Although I’m only 30, I am still old enough to recall the Cold War. And I remember being told that the Communists would torture people, spy on their citizens, and lock people up without trial. I remember thinking to myself “Thank God the Commies don’t run this country!”
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go puke and then weep.
It would be rude to copy his whole post, but he hit the nail on the head so well.

Suspect to me

When a politician wants to pass a bill that likely will piss off a good number of people, they cloak it with words. The terms they use are "common sense legislation" or "peace initiative", and other happy happy words.

A recent bill introduced in a state legislature hits on a cloaking word.
When their son's killer brought that gun, the tavern didn't do a background check. It didn't have to. Private gun sales in Wisconsin do not have to go through the background check process.

For three years, these woman have worked with state Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) to close, what they call, a loophole in the law.

"We're not trying to take your guns away," Debra Fifer said. "We just want to make sure that guns are in responsible hands."

It's called the Responsible Gun Ownership bill (SB-104).
You don't want to be irresponsible do you? That's the only option if you're against this bill.

Any politician that cloaks a bill with certain words or phrases, automatically becomes suspect in my eyes. this is one.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Quote

“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.” (Thomas Jefferson, Encyclopedia of T. Jefferson, 318 [Foley, Ed., reissued 1967]; Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, [Memorial Edition] Lipscomb and Bergh, editors)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Quote

"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Quote

Every revolution could have been - indeed almost certainly was - described as "unrealistic" just a few years before it happened.
-- George Monbiot

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Drink up.

Commercial for soda, and dumb laws.. Of course in New York.

Quote

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. — Thomas Sowell

Monday, May 21, 2007

Police chief reacts to crime

Crime so bad that the complaints resulted in a flyer from the polcie chief.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier put out fliers yesterday warning officers in town for National Police Week that they must obey city laws covering disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and other ” unacceptable behavior.”
Lanier ordered the fliers distributed around downtown in hopes of curbing complaints about officers drinking in public, playing loud music and causing other trouble.
That's right. The problem were from out of control police.

Time to pimp my rifle

I have in my possession a basic MAK-90 evil black rifle.

Just like this one.



I have come to the conclusion that it is now time to pimp my rifle.

The first thing that needs to go is the thumbhole stock. While it does work. I simply don't like it. I have found a nice ACE folding stock for $164.90. I can get one from ACE that does not fold for 60 less, but I want to make Feinstein cry, so it has to be a folder.
Tapco does make a folding stock for a good bit less money, but I have heard some negative comments on that specific stock.

For the next several items I will go to Tapco.

I will also change out the handguard for this Galil style handguard from Tapco for about $40. I have no current plans to be in a shootout where the heat from large ammounts of shooting may effect the guard.

I have read that if you plan on upgrading the pistol grip, that a SAW style grip is the best. Tapco's SAW grip runs about $25, and looks pretty good.

My brother has a full Tapco furniture kit on his MAADi rifle, and his SAW grip feels solid.


Now to make the rifle legal I will need to add three more American made parts. This will be accomplished with a double hook trigger kit from Tapco. This will cost another $40. I have checked online, and it looks like this will go into a MAK-90 just fine.


I will need to assemble this at the same time, because a partially assembled rifle is a felony.

So tonight I'll make the order for the grip, trigger kit, and handguard. The stock will be ordered in a few more paychecks.

I'll photogragh the transformation and post it in the future.

I'm not in my right mind

The story is besides the point. a pizza shop owner goes from hating and fearing guns, to having one, and using it one fateful night.
But after being robbed multiple times - not to mention the half-dozen or so times that his place was burglarized during the 10 years it was on Lockland Avenue - Moury had a change of heart.

“I was scared of (guns),” he said. “After the third time or so that I was robbed, I got tired of being paralyzed by fear.”
Now this part is simply damned offensive to me.
So, he said, he went to the Forsyth County’s Sheriff’s Office a few years back and got a permit to buy a pistol.
He had to go ask permission. If the reporter only knew how offensive that was.

All aside, the part of the story that got me was this one.
Though (almost) no one in his right mind could reasonably argue that people with criminal backgrounds or documented histories of being dangerous because of a mental illness should be allowed to own guns...
I guess I'm not in my right mind on this subject, and many of you will feel I'm wrong. I can live with that.

I have no trouble with criminals having guns. Many reasons

The main thing is that the STATE defines what is a criminal.

A good example is the brewer. A man brews beer for his own usage and family. Been doing it for decades, then one day they ban the production of alcohol, and he finds his hobby a crime. Well he goes on and brews more for his dinners and the cold evenings in front of the fireplace.

One call from the neighborhood snitch and he finds himself a criminal, and his "rights" removed.

That day forward he is a criminal according to the state. No ability to own a firearm. Would you so quickly disarm this criminal? Is he a threat to society?

I did some pretty dumb things when I was young. Many could be considered felonies if I were caught. Am I a bad person?

I guess I'm not in my right mind, because criminals should be able to protect themselves, as easily as anyone else. I feel this way because I could have been one if caught.

I hope you're not surprised

If you are, you're most definitely not looking closely enough at the robber barons politicians in next years election.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) used to support abortion rights, but now, seeking the votes of conservatives in New Hampshire and South Carolina, he doesn't. Former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) voted to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but now that the state is hosting an early caucus, he opposes such a plan. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in 2000 that he saw no benefit from ethanol, but now, hoping for a win in corn-crazy Iowa, he sees the alternative fuel as practical, though he's still opposed to subsidizing it.

While flip-flopping -- or, more delicately put, a change in position -- has always been a part of political campaigns, President Bush turned it into a deadly political weapon in 2004. Who can forget the footage of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) insisting that he voted for the $87 billion in Iraq funding before he voted against it? The Bush team used the comment to paint Kerry as the ultimate flip-flopping politician.
Note that Ron Paul was not mentioned in the whole article. Funny that. a little character goes a long way.

To damn lazy

I'm a solid firearms enthusiast. I can't afford to be a proper gun nut, but I can hope. The news is filled with a solid effort to ...